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. in the maya city of copan, a jeweler fashioned rare shell and jade for his powerful lord. in mexico, living artisans echo the economy of a vanished civilization. and in teotihuacan, evidence of mass production has now been unearthed. tiny faces of clay reflect the men and women who made them a thousand years ago. on the other side of the world, in the ancient roman city of ostia, huge merchant ships were part of an economy much like our own. and today, the tanners of morocco still practice their ancient craft, living proof that economies have evolved out of the past. everyone who has ever lived has been part of an economic system. iel bote grande...mil pesos! economic systems are simply the ways people produce, distribute and consume things -- everything and anything, from tortillas to stocks and bonds. for 10,000, 10,000 an eighth. today, as in the past, economic systems lie at the heart of how a society is organized. archaeologists search for these systems because they believe economies hold the key to understanding ancient societies. archaeologist william sanders. the economy of any give
of president bashar al- assad. the death toll from a series of bomb blasts in the city thursday as risen to a least 83 people, most of them civilians. the syrian observatory for human rights said more than 60 of the victims died in a blast that apparently targeted the ruling baath party headquarters. more than 20 more were killed by three other car bombings in the northern district, most of them soldiers, according to the group. hundreds of people were injured in the attacks. the u.n. announced thursday that u.s.-arab league envoy lakhdar brahimi will continue attempting to broker peace in syria, at least through the end of the year. the nine nations refuse to pay compensation to victims of cholera in haiti despite claims it is at fault for an epidemic that claimed nearly a thousand lives. the cholera outbreak that sickened roughly 620,000 haitians has been linked to u.n. peacekeepers who responded to haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake. but the u.n. says it will not pay hundreds of names of dollars sought by thousands of victims and family members. the u.n. spokesperson made the announc
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